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Moffet Field residential area demolished...

Posted by wallclimber21 on 12 October 2009 in English (English)

Keepright was showing a whole bunch of streets in a residential area as unconnected. One junction point was missing, easy to fix, right?

But looking at the aerials, the real streets didn't quite match up with reality. TIGER...

Anyway, they matched up close enough to make the usual educated guesses, but since this area is really close to the Shoreline theatre, why not do a quick drive-by on my way to a movie?

Turns out: there's nothing left! What must have been cheap army housing is gone. Roads, houses, everything completely leveled!

After making all the fixes to OSM, I couldn't help checking out if the others got it right too. Bing still shows the old ways, Yahoo and Mapquest too.

But Google surely has to be up to date on that one, right? After all, the Google campus is less than half a mile away. Well, no, they too still show the old neighborhood in all its bygone glory.

I wonder how long it will take for them to catch up. (Do they read these diaries?)

Location: Vernon Avenue, Greendale, Santa Clara County, California, 94043, United States of America

Comment from JohnSmith on 12 October 2009 at 04:14

Google knows all! They probably read your thoughts before you wrote them down :)

Seriously though, they do well at search and they are researching context based searching...

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Comment from wallclimber21 on 12 October 2009 at 04:39

I think Google is a great company and I've got a number of friends working there. Just thought it was funny that their backyard was currently mapped incorrectly. :-)

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Comment from williamm on 12 October 2009 at 14:53

If they "borrowed" OSM data, they'd have to free up their own map! As we've seen from all their "easter eggs", they'd rather have it wrong than free!

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